Many in the modern world find themselves constantly on the go, always busy in both work and home life without any intention of stopping. Ease of communication brought about by phones and the internet means that we get our information instantly, leaving the busy bodied of us with no time to rest. However, with this, we see common problems like stress and anxiety greatly affecting people. When we don't take a few minutes to breathe and allow our minds to constantly wander we lose track of the present moment, which can at times lead to poor judgment on the present situation. There is a solution to this, mindfulness.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. Being mindful would involve taking a brief pause from everything and simply observing the present moment from a spectator's lens. A common way of doing this is through meditation because during meditation you are solely to be in your own head. Through this many are capable of being more introspective and aware of the present moment, this is the basis of what mindfulness is. It could be suggested that mindfulness has five steps: setting aside some time, observing the present moment as it is, letting your judgments roll by, going back to observing the present and not worrying about a wandering mind, but simply observing it. This can be done in long or short amounts of time, but all that matters is that you stop and take a moment before acting.
What Benefits Could Mindfulness Bring?
Insight is one of the best things gained through being mindful, which can also lead to better judgment, a better understanding of the self and a better understanding of any given situation. Mindfulness and meditation can also lead someone to live a more satisfying life due to a greater appreciation of the present moment. There is also some evidence that would suggest that mindfulness betters mental health. As a whole, mindfulness is the process that allows an individual to be more aware of the present in order to see themselves better off in the future, and everyone could benefit from using it.